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Wajeeha Al-Baharna

Wajeeha Al-Baharna, Board Chair, Bahrain

Mrs. Wajeeha Al-Baharna is the President of the Bahrain Women Association, which focuses on women empowerment, environmental awareness and anti-child abuse programs. She is also Vice-President of Altajdeed Cultural and Social Society and a member of the Arab Thought Forum (Jordan). In addition, she directs Bridging the Gulf's program for women empowerment. Mrs. Al-Baharna holds a in Environmental Science and a Ph.D. in Environmental Management from Madison University, in addition to a B.Sc. in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Kuwait, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from Bahrain university.

Mohammed Al Roken

Mohammed Al Roken, Regional Board Member, United Arab Emirates

Mr. Al Roken is an Associate Professor of Public Law at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) in Al Ain where he also served as the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law (1998-2000). He directs Bridging the Gulf program for human rights education and awareness. Previously, he chaired the UAE Jurists Association (1998-2004) and he is currently the chairman of the Jurists Association (2010-2012). Mr. Al Roken is also the author of several published legal research papers, articles and books.

Jafar Alshayeb

Jafar Alshayeb, Regional Board Member, Saudi Arabia

Mr. Alshayeb was educated in the US and studied at the Universities of Southern Colorado and Middle Tennessee State. He is a regular commentator and analyst of local politics and reform issues in many influencing Arab press and media channels. He heads local charity foundations and youth programs and sponsors "Tuesday Cultural Forum" aiming to set ground for dialogue on different social and political issues such as civil society, human and minority rights and democratization. He participated in the National Dialogue Initiative in Saudi Arabia and serves as an active member in the National Society for Human Rights (Saudi Arabia), Arab Forum for Dialogue and Citizenship (Lebanon), Network of Democrats in the Arab World (Morocco), Global Network for Local Governance (India), Arab Network for Tolerance (Lebanon). Mr. Alshayeb is an elected Chairman of Qatif Municipal Council in the Eastern Province and also chairs Rights Activists Network, a national human rights organization.